Of course even non-basketball fans are aware of the impending free agency, with all the big names shuffling and reshaping the NBA. While it is historic in the number of top-quality FAs available in a single year, it's also historic from my point of view in that I don't ever remember it being controlled by the players as much as this one. Usually teams re-sign their own top free agents, or they orchestrate a sign-and-trade, or there is only a handful of possible destinations with salary cap room and specific areas of need.
I'll be glad when the dust settles, but I can't say I like the idea of where it's going. It was cool back in the 90's when they assembled the first Dream Team for the Olympics, and the All-Star games are good for an entertaining weekend, but the idea of a self-assembled All-Star team playing a regular seasons and competing for championships seems so hollow, and I'm wondering how good it is for the league in general. I know lots of people will want to go see a visiting team chock full of superstars, but how long before it's like going to Globetrotter games where the outcome is known before the tip-off.
I truly hope that something unusual happens, like LeBron stays in Cleveland, Wade stays in Miami, Bosh ends up in Chicago and Amare Stoudemire goes to the Knicks by himself. Anyway, I already miss the days of organically growing your championship teams through the draft, development, trades and free agency.